Navina-Syama Dasa

Navina-Syama Dasa (Navin Shyam Jani) grew up going to ISKCON temples, first in Cleveland, Ohio, and later in Laguna Beach, California. He became serious about spiritual life while studying at Stanford University, and after graduation he spent time in several North American temples and farm communities. Later, he traveled to India with his wife, Krishna Priya Devi Dasi, where he earned a Bhakti Shastri degree with High Honors from the Mayapur Institute of Higher Education. He ultimately found shelter at the feet of His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, from whom he has taken first and second initiation.

Navina-Syama has a passion for Vedic culture. He is particularly interested in the ancient Indian art of spatial design, Vastu Veda, on which he has conducted research at the University of Florida and the University of California, Irvine, and for which he offers freelance consulting services through his website, VastuShyam.com.

He lives in ISKCON's Radha Kalachandji community in Dallas, where he is an attorney with the United States Department of Labor and where his daughter attends TKG Academy.